The UFC middleweight champion of the world is set to make his trek back to the Octagon in just under two weeks at UFC 175. Chris Weidman will look to defend his title for the second consecutive time when he faces off against former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the main event of the evening.
Pundits and mixed martial arts fans alike have been drooling over this fight since it was announced months ago. The stylistic matchup pits one of the world’s best strikers with terrific take down defense against one of the world’s top wrestlers, that just so happened to knock out Anderson Silva.
Ray Longo, Weidman’s trainer, recently spoke about the mammoth fight with MMAFighting and gave his thoughts on what will likely go down:
I think Weidman is going to do what he always does. He’s going to get in that ring, he’s going to go forward, and he’s going to impose his will on Machida and he’s going to make Machida fight his game, and he’s probably just going to end up crushing the guy. There’s a good chance he just dumps him on his head and does what he wants with him.
I think (Machida’s) got a real weak chin, I think that’s his biggest hole. Weidman hits his guy, he’ll hurt him bad. (Machida) likes to control the pace of the fight, I don’t think he likes to be pushed.
Those are some bold words from Longo as few men have had their way with Machida inside the Octagon. The only man to ever truly dominate Machida in his UFC career was light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Even then, however, Machida was able to land some powerful punches on Jones before being choked unconscious.
Although Machida was the former light heavyweight champion, there is no question that his natural weight class is at 185 pounds. Whether or not he can become the champion will be decided in just a few days at UFC 175.